Pentax Australia officially launched the new Pentax K-1 at Sydney's Overseas Passenger Terminal on Wednesday night.

The K-1 is Pentax's first full-frame digital camera, and is the first full-frame DSLR on the market to offer built-in five-axis image stabilisation.

According to Pentax, the K-1 features a weatherproof and dust sealed body, 1/8000s high speed shutter and 36.4MP CMOS sensor boasting a “simulated” anti-aliasing filter and Ricoh's Pixel Shift Resolution for high picture quality.

The K-1's 5-axis sensor shift image stabilisation is supported by a large optical viewfinder and 33-point AF system with 25 cross points. The rear LCD is 3.2-inch with 1.04 million dots and allows for vertical, horizontal and diagonal movement. 

The K-1 supports high ISO shooting (up to 204800) and features nine Exposure Modes and picture and creative settings including: HDR, Skin Tone, CTE, Digital Filter, Multi Exposure or Interval (timelapse) Shooting Mode.

Videographers can shoot Full HD movies with the K-1 (1920x1080, 60i/50i/30p/25p/24p) and HD (1280x720, 60p/50p), which also features stereo audio recording via built-in and external microphones, adjustable recording level and wind noise reduction. Interval Shooting is adjustable from 2s to 24hrs and 2 to 2000 images recorded in 4K/FullHD/HD in Motion JPEG format (AVI).

Other K-1 features include built in GPS, Astrotracer, Wi-Fi and Image Sync for remote shooting.

The camera launches with two new full-frame lenses: the HD Pentax-D FA 15-30mm f/2.8ED SDM WR lens and the HD Pentax-D FA 28-105mm f/3.5-5.6ED DC WR, with more on the way. Current owners of Pentax APS-C sensor cameras can use all their lenses on the K-1 in crop mode, with the camera automatically detecting the mounted lens and setting the crop accordingly. Also, the camera is compatible with Pentax's back catalog of legacy lenses designed for Pentax 35mm film cameras.

The Pentax K-1 is available now with an RRP of $2,899 (body only).

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